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How to Measure Your Lawn for Turf? A Definitive Guide

How to Measure Your Lawn for Turf? A Definitive Guide

  • 22 - 02 - 2021
  • Laying Turf
By Anco Turf

Whether you have just completed a complete redesign of your front garden or you are looking to bring life back to your tired-looking backyard, fresh turf is a beautiful way to make your outdoor spaces pop.

But what if you have never laid turf before?

How much do you need?

What goes under the turf?

Do you need to rip up and remove any existing turf?

Anco Turf has been growing, supplying and installing quality turf for homeowners, landscapers, golf courses, racetracks, sportsfields, and so much more for over 40 years.

With a wide variety of high-quality turf available, from Sir Walter Buffalo to Eureka Kikuyu, as well as a complete range of turf-care products, Anco Turf is your one-stop shop for turf in Melbourne.

The first step in ensuring the smooth sailing of any project which requires laying turf is simple.

Make sure you have enough of it!

To help you work out just how much turf you need, Anco Turf has devised this handy Lawn Calculator.

With that in mind, here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding measuring turf.

What measurements do you need to take to use the lawn calculator?

To work out the amount of turf you need for your project, you need to calculate the area of the place you will be laying turf.

The area is typically calculated in square meters (m2).

How you calculate the area will depend on the shape of the space you are placing the turf.

Our Lawn Calculator makes this easy for you.

Select the shape of the space you will be installing turf to see what measurements you require, take the necessary measurements, and input them into the calculator to see how much turf you need for that space.

If your lawn requires multiple shapes, for example, a square base that is rounded off, you may need to combine multiple shapes to work out how much turf you need.

It is always recommended you add five per cent to your requirements and round-up to the nearest square meter to ensure you have enough turf to complete your installation.

Ordering extra is a good idea if you need to cut your roll of turf to shape it to bends or curves in the area you are laying turf.

If in doubt, contact us to speak to an expert.

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How many square meters is a roll of turf?

Anco Turf supplies turf in square meters (m2).

You can order as little as 1m2 or as much as you need, pending availability of the turf you require.

Anco Turf will cut the roll of turf to match your order and deliver to you at your desired address across Melbourne or wider Victoria.

What should I put down before laying turf?

Site preparation is key to ensuring a successful lawn installation.

Before laying turf, ensure you have completed the following steps:

1. Use a lawn rotary hoe or dig the area evenly to a depth of 100mm to 150mm

2. If there is a slope, ensure it is directed away from your house

3. Check your soil’s PH levels and, if required, add the recommended dose of lime

4. Rake in a complete lawn fertiliser to optimise your soil

5. Rake and smooth the soil to remove any rocks, roots or large clods

6. Roll and consolidate the soil lightly to ensure it is firm and ready for your new turf

Completing the above steps will help ensure your area is ready for your new turf.

Can you lay turf over existing grass?

No, you cannot lay turf over existing grass.

You should remove all existing grass from the site, and you should ensure the site is adequately prepared before laying new turf.

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What month should I lay turf?

Spring and autumn are the best times to lay new turf.

These milder seasons, as opposed to the more extreme ones of summer and winter, typically provide better conditions for the successful installation of new lawns

Laying turf during a consistently rainy spell can also work out well.

Of course, it pays to check the forecast before you order and install turf in Melbourne.

As we know, Melbourne’s trademark unpredictable weather means that even in the typically moderate spring and autumn seasons, it is not unknown for unseasonably hot or cold patches of weather.

Can I put topsoil over existing lawn?

Once you have laid your turf, topsoil is a great way to level your lawn and promote excellent growth.

Of course, whilst topsoil is a critical aspect of growing and maintaining a healthy lawn, it is essential not to use too much of it to smother the grass.

How much topsoil do I need for turf?

When applying topsoil, it is important not to smother the grass.

Typically, 2-3 applications of 5mm of topsoil across the lawn area during the growing season will do the trick.

Topsoil should not be applied after mid-February.

Don’t see your Melbourne turf installation question answered here?

If you’ve got another question about measuring, choosing or laying turf for your project that hasn’t been answered here, you should get in touch with Anco Turf today.

Our turf and lawn installation experts are on hand to answer all your questions and help you measure your area, choose the perfect turf and guide you towards a successful turf installation.

Get in touch with us today.

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